Kill Your Mum
Sep10

Kill Your Mum

Mums. They’re everywhere from grocery stores to flea markets this time of year and we are programed to sit them around and then try to plant it for next year (mine mostly die). With an average cost of $5 why not rethink your approach. Mums are beautiful, they come in awesome colors, have nice sturdy stems and the plant almost always has a nice variety of buds and flower size. Perfect for an artful arrangement. All you need is a...

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Curtain Call
Sep03

Curtain Call

I say you still have a chance to make the best tomato pie, tomato jelly, tomato salad, or the absolute best tomato sandwich this season. Make it all, then make a sandwich for yourself to savor. Here is how Dave and I approach the classic summer dish. Mediterra* sourdough bread (and never get this pre-sliced, you can do it!) Slab bacon (peppered, cook in a skillet, crisp) Hellmann’s mayonnaise 2 tomatoes thick sliced 2 slices...

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Pretty.  Simple.
Apr21

Pretty. Simple.

Teacup, shallow bowl, anything that can hold a bit of water can hold a single flower or six or more. A moving composition, by...

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Wait for it
Sep16

Wait for it

Everyone loves flower arrangements. Buds and fresh blooms are beautiful, but we toss them as soon as the first leaf wilts or drops. I say watch every phase of nature’s beauty. If you let the water dry from the vase your arrangement will take on a dried flower look, with deeper colors and an almost magical feel. Wait for it, you won’t be...

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open me
Jan19

open me

The old box said, “stored December 31, 1995, at 4:30 pm” “open me someday” so 25 years later on December 31 at 4:30 I did just that. Most of the objects in the box were ordinary things like candlesticks, salt and pepper shakers, sugar and creamers, and ashtrays. There were a few long forgotten surprises like the fourleaf clover in the chicken box and the teeth, but before I sent them off to a thrift store I...

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Rock it
Jun09

Rock it

I love rocks! Stacked, painted, love to look at old rock walls here and around Pennsylvania. A few years back my family was traveling near Tunkhannock PA and we stopped at a tractor show to take in the sights. Next to the show grounds ran a mountain stream. We walked in and picked up a bunch of beautiful flat rocks. I used to stack them outside, but then one day Lucy and I started making faces out of them and some shells, (love them...

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